Vintage Brass Repousee Brass Tea Caddy Sailing Ship
A tea caddy is a box, jar, canister, or other receptacle used to store tea. When first introduced to Europe, tea was extremely expensive, and kept under the eye of the mistress of the house, often under lock and key. The containers used were therefore often expensive and decorative, to fit in with the rest of a drawing-room or other reception room.
This is a lovely example of such a vessel with a sailing ship on one side and Celtic designs on the other three and the lid. The interior is lined with tin. Measures just under 5" high not including the feet and 4" wide. Lid fits tight and the brass has a worn, warm coppery patina. Circa early 1900's.
While you could certainly still store your tea in this piece, it would also make a handy box for many other ideas.